Mother & Son by JulieM

Western Lowland Gorilla
Critically Endangered.
The Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) is a subspecies of the Western Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) that lives in montane, primary, and secondary forests and lowland swamps in Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic.
Gorillas are the largest and most vulnerable of humankind’s three closest relatives, the African apes. Gorillas face three grave threats: hunting to supply bushmeat to urban markets; habitat destruction through logging, mining, and slash-and-burn agriculture; and devastating infectious diseases.
Western lowland gorilla habitat is sparsely populated by humans, and, traditionally, indigenous forest communities have shared the forest in harmony with apes. However, the recent expansion of commercial timber exploitation across the region has brought considerable demographic and socio-economic change and threatened human-gorilla coexistence. Access routes created for the timber industry facilitate the transport of bushmeat from remote forest areas to urban markets, and commercial hunting for bushmeat now represents the most significant threat to western lowland gorillas across their range. The Ebola virus is currently a major threat in the northern border area of Gabon and Republic of Congo, where the majority of western lowland gorillas live. In addition to the devastating human fatalities, the disease has the potential to eliminate the largest remaining populations of this ape.


Comments

  • Andy Harris
    Andy Harrisabout 7 years ago

    beautiful!

  • tamoopy
    tamoopyabout 7 years ago

    You’ll get fed up of me. Another stunning photograph. You have an amazing ability to capture a moment perfectly. I love Gorilla’s, this one brought tears to my eyes, its so emotive.

  • Barb Leopold
    Barb Leopoldabout 7 years ago

    Beautiful, makes you realise just how closely related we are ….. and feel guilty for our treatment of these gorgeous creatures.

  • cdwork
    cdworkabout 7 years ago

    Wondrous, emotive image

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherabout 7 years ago

    this is more then beautiful

  • Jacqueline Barreto
    Jacqueline Bar...about 7 years ago

    wow – what an amazing shot.

  • Matt Sillence
    Matt Sillenceabout 7 years ago

    lovely shot… got all the expressions here..

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyabout 7 years ago

    This is sooooo beautiful! It’s scary and impressive and breathtaking how human like they really are and I understand that they have a full range of communication. Wow what a great shot!

  • machandel
    machandelabout 7 years ago

    Makes me wonder how small the gap between man and ape really is.

  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockabout 7 years ago

    WOW..

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